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This Graph Is the Nail in the Coffin of ‘Defund the Police’

The progressive movement to dismantle American law enforcement was effectively declared dead Tuesday by a chart of public opinion.


Nail, meet coffin.


The Pew Research Center published the visual to illustrate its new findings that 47% of U.S. adults want more spending on police in their area, including 21% who want “a lot” more.

Those numbers were way up from June 2020, when the “defund the police” movement surged into the mainstream following the killing of George Floyd.

  • On the flip side, support for reducing local police funding plummeted to 15% from 25% in 2020, and only 6% backed “a lot” of cuts, down from 12% last year.
  • The biggest falloff was among blacks (to 23% from 42%) and Democrats (to 25% from 41%), but the trend held across race, political party and age.

Black (38%) and Hispanic (39%) Democrats were more likely than white adults (32%) to say spending on police in their area should be increased.

Another Pew survey last month found support for Black Lives Matter, a leading advocate of “defund the police,” fell back to pre-2020 levels following a surge of good will.


Rep. Ilan Omar, D-Minn., who once called to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department, condemned the city’s officers at a town hall Saturday for “the reduction in policing currently in our city and the lawlessness that is happening.”

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